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April 30, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Reviewing the Flyers' 2015-16 season, one that included lots of grit, lots of good moments, and, sadly, the death of the man most responsible for the franchise's birth, Ed Snider.   Best moments. An emotional Lauren Hart, holding a phone, sang "God Bless America" to the sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd while FaceTiming an ailing Snider in California on April 9. The Flyers then beat the hated Penguins, 3-1, to clinch a playoff spot on the next-to-last day of the regular season.
SPORTS
April 29, 2016
Upset with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Brayden Schenn for the first three games of next season, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is considering an appeal. According to the collective-bargaining agreement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman would hear the appeal if it is filed. Schenn was suspended for charging Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 of the opening-round series on Sunday. The Capitals won, 1-0, and eliminated the Flyers from the NHL playoffs. "I was very surprised," Hextall said of the decision.
SPORTS
April 29, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
As a young goaltender, Ron Hextall had little patience and zero tolerance. He arrived in the NHL at the age of 22 believing he was good enough to lead the Flyers to a Stanley Cup title as a rookie, and he darn near was. And God help you if you skated a little too close to his crease. With his 52nd birthday just a few days away and his second season as the Flyers general manager just a few days behind him, Hextall is far more under control and most definitely in command of the direction the Flyers are headed.
SPORTS
April 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to retain Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but he hasn't closed the door on trading one of the goalies if the right deal comes along. "I don't believe that's a strength that you want to weaken," Hextall said Wednesday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. "The old saying, 'Wayne Gretzky got traded, right, so?' I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No, I wouldn't trade anybody on our team,' because the reality of it is, if the deal was right it's my job to strengthen our team and the organization.
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April 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had a career year, but next season already has started off on the wrong skate. Schenn was suspended for three games at the start of next season for charging into Washington's T.J. Oshie in Game 6 on Sunday, the NHL announced Tuesday. The 1-0 playoff loss ended the Flyers' season. "I know they were obviously watching me close in that series," said Schenn, who got away with a cross-check to the back of Evgeny Kuznetsov's leg in Game 4. "To be honest, I didn't even know I hit Oshie in the head.
NEWS
April 28, 2016
ISSUE | FLYERS Fans show class in cheering defeated team The fans who gave the Flyers a standing ovation after they lost to the Washington Capitals on Sunday are the true Philadelphia sports fans ("A loss to build on," Monday). The relatively few losers who disgraced the team, Ed Snider's family, and the city by throwing wristbands on the ice six days earlier are not. The reaction to game six of the Flyers' Stanley Cup playoffs was truly a "way to go" moment for Philadelphia sports.
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April 28, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth both want to be the Flyers' No. 1 goalie next season, which will make an interesting subplot when training camp opens in September. "Over the course of the summer, I'm going to prepare to be a No. 1 guy," Mason said after the players cleared out their lockers at the team's Voorhees practice facility Tuesday. "Nothing is given. Nothing was given this year. Both of us had to earn playing time, so I go into next season not expecting to be given anything and having to come in and earn everything.
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April 27, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
They used to laugh about Dave Hakstol. They used to laugh about him a lot. His teams at the University of North Dakota so often got off to slow starts that a rough December came to be an annual tradition, an essential thread to each year's tapestry. Every spring, North Dakota would lose key players to graduation or early entry for the NHL draft. Every fall, it would take time for the new assemblage of talent to acclimate itself to Hakstol and his system. And every winter, North Dakota could be counted on to be in contention for a national championship.
SPORTS
April 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will have a hearing with the NHL's player safety department on Tuesday for a hit to the head of Washington's T.J. Oshie on Sunday. Oshie, who fought Schenn in the previous game, went to the locker room but later returned to the ice. The Capitals won the game, 1-0, and eliminated the Flyers, four games to two. If Schenn is suspended, it will carry into the 2016-17 season. Schenn can become a restricted free agent, but the Flyers are expected to re-sign him.  
SPORTS
April 27, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
When you score a total of five goals, excluding an empty-netter, in a six-game playoff series, you don't need to be Scotty Bowman to assess the Flyers' biggest off-season needs. Here's a look at the team and its wish list heading into next season: Center The Flyers need more scoring here. Put free-agent Steven Stamkos on the Orange and Black, and they would be golden down the middle. But that is probably a pipe dream. David Backes, who can play center or wing but has a bit of mileage on him, is an interesting 6-foot-3, 221-pound free agent who would bump Sean Couturier down to the third line and give the Flyers a quality top three of Claude Giroux, Backes and Couturier.
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